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"Straw Dogs" - {Blu-ray}
Samantha Isler
Studio: MGM
Release Date:
September 6 2011
Special Features:

Theatrical Trailer; TV Spots


The 40th anniversary of this film directed by Sam Peckinpah has been celebrated by both a remake and a re-release. The original, starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, and Del Henney, is a gruesome and unsettling commentary on the nature of violence. Originally rated X upon its release, Straw Dogs is not for the squeamish. It follows David (Hoffman) and his wife (George) as they move to the countryside and deal with harassment from the locals. Things slowly escalate out of control as David, a man who tries to avoid violence, works to protect his family. Hoffman delivers a chilling performance as a man driven to ruthlessness (and realizing he enjoys it).

Image and Sound:

The movie has been carefully transferred to Blu-ray and the result is pretty good. The image is crisp and sharp, the grain faithfully maintained. Occasionally white specks appear, and a few scenes appear slightly softer than the rest. Shadows are clear even in dark scenes, allowing distinct visuals and still keeping the tone of the scenery. The original mono audio soundtrack is given additional depth with an upgrade to DTS-HD Master Audio. The soundscape has a wonderful three-dimensional quality, with background noises coming in low under crisp dialogue. Overall, the transition to Blu-ray did this movie well.

Special Features:

There's nothing special to note here. The Blu-ray comes with the theatrical trailer and three of the original TV spots. MGM has been following a policy of keeping bonus features to a minimum on their re-releases to push down prices, but the lack of extras here is still disappointing.

Final Words:

A terrifying psychological thriller, Straw Dogs is a worthwhile movie if you can handle the explicit violence.


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